Myron starts down Trail No. 64 with Jack and Duke.
Duke rests with the Bradshaw Mountains in the background. Photos by Cheryl Hartz
This past weekend, Myron and I took Duke and Jack for another training mission, this time on Trail No. 64, just off Hwy.169 near Cherry. It's an official trail - marked with a U.S Forest Service signpost, but I can't find it listed on any of the USFS sites online. So far, phone calls to the Prescott and Verde offices haven't turned up any more information. (Still waiting to hear from one of the field guys.) I'm going to have to find my Prescott National Forest map, but it since it was published in 2000, the trail may not be on there.
Anyway, we parked in the small area allotted for that, and headed up a sandy wash toward a pair of hills. We soon lost the actual trail, as it merged with a recently graded dirt road. It might be an FS one. I'll amend this report when I find out.
We followed the road for a ways, until we came upon a hunter's truck - dog kennel and ammo box in its bed. We soon heard gunshots not far away and decided to move off the road for a quick snack and a rest before heading back. We had gone only a mile or two, but it wasn't very warm, the wind was picking up and our puppies showed signs of tiring, so we decided that was enough for the day.
Evidently the hunter's dog picked up our scent, because we heard the hunter call to it as if it were tracking us. I shouted to let him know people, rather than prey, were about, and we headed back down the road after we heard the truck drive off. We didn't see any wildlife, not even birds.
We still don't know where the trail goes, but will hike further another time. The terrain is covered with scrub, rather than trees, so we want to go before it gets too hot. Can any of you readers clue me in on this trail?
Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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This trail is part of the old Crook trail, if you follow it down a ways, you will find the ruins of the Ash Creek station built by my great great grandfather, John Stemmer, in the early 1870's. I am sure you can find articles online about it, as I did months ago.